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Recognising caste-based violence against women -Jayna Kothari

-The Hindu By repeatedly setting aside convictions under the PoA Act, courts bolster allegations that the law is misused The horror of the gang rape of a 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras in 2020 is still fresh in our minds. Activists, academics and lawyers argued that the Sexual Violence took place on account of the woman’s gender and caste and that the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act,...

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India’s women and the workforce -Ashwini Deshpande

-Hindustan Times Women are not dropping out. They are being pushed out by the lack of demand for their labour. There has been movement out of agriculture into informal and casual jobs, where the work is sporadic, and often less than 30 days at a stretch. The new modern sector opportunities, especially in high value-added service sectors, mostly accrue to men. Why is women’s employment declining in India? The thrust of the...

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Study by Project 39A: ‘65% death penalties by trial courts linked to sexual crimes… highest in 5 years’ -Apurva Vishwanath

-The Indian Express Since 2016, the share of sexual crimes in the list of crimes for which trial courts are imposing death penalty has been steadily increasing. From 17.6 per cent in 2016, it jumped to 37.27 per cent in 2017, 41.1 per cent in 2018 and 53.39 per cent in 2019. New Delhi: Corresponding to the legislative expansion of death penalty for sexual crimes against women, more than 65 per cent...

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Gender violence drops, but prevalence remains high in bigger states: NFHS-5 -Abhijit Kaur, Mahadev Bramhankar and Nand Lal Mishra

-Down to Earth Karnataka, Assam and Sikkim registered biggest spike in cases of spousal violence Gender-based violence across most Indian states declined in the past half-a-decade, according to the latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS). There were, however, several outliers. Karantaka, Assam and Sikkim, for instance recorded a spike in spousal violence cases. In Bihar, the cases of physical violence almost halved during a woman’s pregnancy in the last five years. Factsheets for the...

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80% of Sexual Violence against Dalit women committed by dominant caste men: Report

-National Herald This report by Swabhiman Society, a organisation led by Dalit women, and international women’s rights organisation Equality Now examined cases which occurred over a span of 12 years, from 2009 - 2020 At least 80% of the Sexual Violence cases against Dalit women and girls were committed by men from dominant castes in Haryana and only 10% of cases examined ended with the successful conviction of all those charged. Moreover,...

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